- A local tabloid in Zambia mentioned an unnamed Zambian woman living in China who reportedly issued warnings to Africans not to eat corned beef
- The woman claimed that dead human bodies were being canned and labeled as corned beef for human consumption then sold in Africa
- Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Yang Youming, was quick to deny the report and rather blames people spreading “malicious” rumors
BEIJING, China – China strongly denied the stories which circulated on different social media alleging that the country is routinely using human flesh, putting it in cans and selling it as food to African nations.
Kirstie McCrum mentioned in her article for The Mirror published on May 20 that a top Chinese official has dismissed reports in African countries that China is using human meat and was being sold in Africa as food.
The Chinese official was referring to a report by a local tabloid in Zambia which questioned that origin of some “meat products” being shipped from China to the African continent.
The local tabloid mentioned an unnamed Zambian woman living in China who reportedly issued warnings to Africans not to eat corned beef. The woman claimed that dead human bodies were being collected and marinated before being canned and labeled as corned beef for human consumption.
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Yang Youming, was quick to deny the report and rather blames people spreading “malicious” rumors.
“Today a local tabloid newspaper is openly spreading a rumor, claiming that the Chinese use human meat to make corned beef and sell it to Africa,” Youming said as quoted by China’s agency Xinhua.
“This is completely a malicious slandering and vilification which is absolutely unacceptable to us. We hereby express our utmost anger and the strongest condemnation over such an act,” he added.
An article by Kayleigh Lewis for the Independent said that Zambian Deputy Defense Minister Christopher Mulenga promised a comprehensive investigation regarding the incident.
“The government of Zambia regrets the incident in view of the warm relations that exist between Zambia and China,” Mulenga said.
Some reports which circulated in Africa have been quoting supposed Chinese meat factory workers saying that canning human flesh began because there is limited burial space in China.
The supposed Chinese meat workers allegedly said that the non-human meat was being sent to more powerful trade partners.
Shocking images, supposedly showing human bodies being prepared for the process of canning, went viral on different social networking sites. However, it was later revealed that the photos are fake and were actually part of a marketing stunt for the video game Resident Evil 6 in 2012.
The human in cans reports came just two months after China and Zambia signed a treaty cementing close ties between the countries.